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  1. It has been noticeably busy on the waterways of Brisbane Waters of late - as always this time of year. So @flatheadluke and I hatched a plan to kick off New Years Day with a dawn session - figuring that a fair portion of the boaties would be sleeping off a big night. I met Luke at his place at 4:45 am and we headed straight to Blackwall ramp. We were on the water quickly and it was a truly awesome morning. The plan was to mix up a couple of styles. We went out first to get some live baits with a plan to put one down looking for big flatties while we drifted. It did not take long to put half a dozen yakkas and one slimy in the tank. We then headed over to the flats in front of Ettalong flick plastics and put into practice some of what I learned on the soft plastic charter I did on Boxing Day. I hooked the first fish on a plastic pretty quickly near Half Tide Rocks - a easily legal flattie in the mid-40s range (didn't actually measure it). Despite it being well past high tide and not a lot of wind the drift was still taking us in so we re-positioned a bit further out to drift back in. We were flicking away when the live bait rod folded over. Initially I thought it was snagged but when I lifted the rod I let it run a little then struck and was on. Up came a great flattie - my first on a live bait. It measured 63cm which makes it my second biggest. We shifted around a few times. I managed one more keeper. Then Luke took over and caught the next fish. I also managed the smallest flattie as well - a little throw back that took a lure not much smaller than itself! After a while out in front of half tide rocks we came inside to try the channel between Wagstaffe and Half Tide Rocks. We were spot locking next to the sand bar and casting up onto it and retrieving over the drop. Hard to believe we did not hook up here. We could see bait all around us the same size and colours as the plastics we were using. Luke also had a good flattie following his lure through centimetres of water but just couldn't draw the strike. Exciting stuff. We finished off back where we started the session and Luke managed another nice flattie. All the fish were caught on Z-main 4" paddle tail shads in a white sparkly colour - though I did drop one fish on a darker curly tail as well. All up a fantastic start to the year.
  2. OK raiders. I need your collective knowledge to stock up before a trip to Weipa next month. We’ll be doing all sorts of fishing from boats... rivers, reefs and out wider. Lots of casting around pylons and under bridges and markers etc. I need to stock up on lures for the trip. And especially good value lures (that work) since I expect we’ll be losing a fair few. I know plastics are a good option due to their value, but I know next to nothing about plastics... no idea what brand, type, jig size etc.. Any experts that can point me in the right direction? I’m experienced in metals, hardbodies and poppers but does anyone know what works best in Weipa? And what sizes? I’ll be taking 3 spinning combos... 80lb, 50lb and 20lb. Thanks team!
  3. I've Been Jack Fishing Quite a Bit Lately, Managed a Few up Bonville Creek, But There's One Thing I Need and That's a New Baitcaster Setup for Throwing Divers, Poppers and Plastics Deep into Snags. I'll Most Likely get a Curado K but I just need help with the Gear Ratio. Any Help or Suggestions Would Be Much Appreciated. Cherrs Hamish
  4. Hi, i need some help. Bait is quite expensive these days and sometimes it is too hard to pump for yabbies. So I was wondering if anyone knew a selection of lures that are good for catching flatheads to bonito ( really anything big enough for eating or that is fun to catch ). if someone that could just give me like their top ten lure selections that would help immensely.
  5. As the title says,has anyone fished say a paternoster rig with a bait on one hook and a plastic on the other using mono? Or just use the plastic using mono? I've been given these plastics but I'm not set up for them really. Im well aware that you need light sensitive rods,braid,etc,etc which I do not have. All we have are light glass rods matched to either 4000 or 2000 reels. My son did catch that flathead at the shoalhaven on the drift using that gulp shrimp so I'm guessing it's possible to some degree but not ideal. These are the plastics and jigs I was given. Thoughts?
  6. As the title says,has anyone fished say a paternoster rig with a bait on one hook and a plastic on the other using mono? Or just use the plastic using mono? I've been given these plastics but I'm not set up for them really. Im well aware that you need light sensitive rods,braid,etc,etc which I do not have. All we have are light glass rods matched to either 4000 or 2000 reels. My son did catch that flathead at the shoalhaven on the drift using that gulp shrimp so I'm guessing it's possible to some degree but not ideal. These are the plastics and jigs I was given. Thoughts?
  7. Hi Raiders, First time post, long time fishing tragic. I switched from bait a couple of months ago and I am just getting the hang of targeting specific species on plastics, vibes and blades. No more bait fingers and a better understanding where the fish are holding have resulted in some fun sessions and some good feeds lately. On Saturday morning took the tinnie out with the kids and we drifted for flathead along the narrow Mooney Mooney channel North of Spectacle Island. Landed lots of fun undersized spikies, but managed to keep 6 nice Duskies 40cm to 60cm for a feed. Managed to hook a big girl (over 1m) , got her to the side of the boat and she did that big head shake and said goodbye - off to breed another day! (would have returned her anyway). The swift Hawkesbury current and flukey winds can make it difficult to select the right jighead weight but we must have got it right this time. 1/8 TT jigs with curly tail 3 inch grubs in a funky purple colour did the trick. 15lb flouro leader on 6lb braid. The 15lb leader wasn't enough to stop the big girl though! Fun times with the kids!
  8. My new Snapper combo arrived today. A Shimano Nano Px 5 - 10kg matched with a stradic Ci4+ 4000 sized reel. The weather looked great so i went on a Solo session to Longreef to see if i could find some Snaps. Well i wasn't disappointed! Plenty of nice reads on the sounder and managed some nice fish on plastics... Funnily, it was actually the first time i have taken my Poly up to Longreef as i usuallly fish other areas, It was strange being the only boat out there in perfect conditions. Happy Days... first fish on the new combo 41cm i think this guy was horny instead of hungry 52cm 63cm the biggest fish was landed on my Snapper slayer combo- black mamba, rarenium combo. 4 -7kg All fish were released to fight another day... Thats me hooked for winter...tight lines
  9. Hey anyone started flicking SPs in the estuaries for flatties yet? I normally find they really fire up in the shallows around September and are responsive to lures especially in the arvos when the shallows have warmed a bit.. Much more so than later in the season for some reason. Thinking with the slightly warmer weather we've had lately it could be worth having a crack at em now.
  10. Hey All, I was down in Thirroul yesterday as I thought I'd check out Mark Berg's Fish n Chip shop. I took a couple of light outfits as I thought I might take a look at Windang bridge. Anyways I cheched out Thirroul beach and there appeared to be a decent gutter right on the shore line running parallel to the beach. I haven't fished a beach much and the last time would have been about 5 years ago...but thi slloked fishy. So i tied on a tiny SP on my 6 ft alb rod and had a flick. After about 10 min I catch a tiny flattie. I decide I might have better luck with a blade as the tiny plastic was not really staying bottomed. So i switch over to a tiny gold blade. Instant success. I land a flattie to baout 30cm and then another about 28cm. After another 10 min I catch another flattie to about 33cm. So all up a successful short and sharp session for a surf newbie
  11. Hi All I went out Monday night armed with some new advice and new gear to try out at Canada Bay and was really excited to land 2 just legal Flathead and a Flounder in about 1 hour, with some chopper tailor mixed in to make it complicated. Considering I only caught my first fish on plastics The Saturday before I was pretty stoked land a few and have a bit of fun. Had to play around with retrieve rates and style and swap a few plastics before finding the 2in Gulp worms in natural, it was a great little session and awesome after getting my first fish on plastic on sat to get my first Flounder and First legal Flathead, all on plastics. So massive thanks to all the post'ers in this section and in particular Jake and Stan all the tips and advice is starting to pay off. Cheers Guys.
  12. Hi All Just wanted to post up a massive thanks to jdanger for taking me out Yesterday to show me a thing or two about plastics. We organised to meet up at Canada bay for a soft plastic session. Due to some late night shenanigans jdanger was a little late for the incoming tide but he battled through the morning to show me some tips on tackle, technique and few spots he likes. We actually ran into predator too and so I was inundated with advice and at times the fishing took a back seat. It was crazy to see jdanger on plastics and predator with a hard-bodies hooking up bream and swapping technique tips and knots as well as favorite spots. But the icing on the Cake a nice sized Bream to break the drought of donuts I've been having and get my first fish on Plastics . So thanks once again to Predator and Jdanger for all the advice and hopefully we can catch up for another session some time soon! Squiggy